Friday, April 1, 2011

LASIK Surgery With Strabismus

Question:
I am 23, and I have worn glasses or contacts since I was in 4th grade. My vision has remained unchanged over the last few years, and I am beginning to consider LASIK for vision correction. In addition to being nearsighted, I have astigmatism and strabismus. My strabismus is not severe, and I can control it. The only time my eyes (both are capable) drift outward is if I am significantly tired. Are you still able to perform LASIK on individuals with strabismus, or would that disqualify me? Thank you.

Answer:
LASIK Surgery for vision correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism is possible in a great number of cases, but not all. Your description is of a type of strabismus called Intermittent Exotropia--a condition that you believe only occurs some of the time, specifically when you are fatigued or tired.Usually it is possible to have LASIK even if you have strabismus IF you are not wearing much or any prism correction in your eyeglasses. As you report wearing contact lenses it will be important for a LASIK Surgeon to perform muscle balance testing both with eyeglasses and contacts to see if the potential for the strabismus to decompensate increases with contact lens wear, although this typically isn't the case unless there is a prismatic correction in the eyeglass prescription. Your next step is to find a top LASIK Surgeon and schedule a consultation. Please bring your current eyeglasses and any previous eyeglasses with you to the consultation, and also a copy of your current eyeglass prescription. By having this information at your LASIK consultation the eye surgeon will be able to do proper testing and determine if there is any reason your would not be a good LASIK candidiate.

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